Hazel O'Connor News



HAZEL SINGS ON "TALK TO THE ANIMALS"
News date: October 25 2013
Hazel sings on Talk To The Animals, a single to be released 8th December 2013 in aid of International Voice For Animals (VIVA!) and aimed to raise awareness of the ethical treatment of animals. Please help chart the song this Christmas by pre-ordering
from i-Tunes

Note: Pre-orders only count towards charting a song when the pre-order is actually collected, so to make the biggest impact for chart entry, it is imperative that purchasers collect their pre-ordered downloads between the 8th & 14th December.

Hazel O'Connor - Various Artists - Talk to the animals 2013


Related links:
www.hazeloconnorofficial.com
International Voice For Animals (VIVA!)
DEBBIE CURTIS BIG BAND AID & VOICES FOR ANIMALS
YouTube
iTunes

HAZEL GIG IN BRITTANY (FRANCE)
News date: April 10 2013
Hazel O'Connor will be touring in France in Brittany the 27th of April 2013 at Guilers close to Brest.
She will do a show along with Clare Hirst (Sax, Vocals) and Sarah Fisher (Piano and Vocals). They will play a mix between some Breaking Glass tunes and a selection from her IGYMS and Bluja albums and of course a couple of surprises.

Hazel last appeared in Brittany at the Elixir Festival at Plomodiernin the 7th July 1981 and Clare played at the same festival with her band the Belle Stars in 1983. During the festival, Hazel sung a cover of "Suffragette City" by David Bowie that you can hear Here. (Version with Simon Le Bon from Duran Duran Live @ Dominion Theatre 6 December 1980).

Two pictures of Hazel were published in the paper Rock en Stock de Pierre Terrasson:

Hazel O'Connor in 1981 at the Elixir Festival - Rock En Stock by Pierre Terrasson

Source: Festivals Elixir 1979-1985


Related links:
Guilers Official Site
Tickets
Interview in French by Jean-Noel Potin
Interview in French by Jean-Noel Potin (Le monde de titus blog)
Le Telegramme (in French)

HAZEL ON "VOICES FROM THE FRONTLINE
News date: December 09 2012
Streamed live on 9 Dec 2012.
A one off production of words and music called 'Voices from the Front Line' streamed live from Vicar Street on Sunday the 9th of December 2012. A celebration of the courage of human rights defenders hosted by Martin Sheen who is joined by a star studded line-up including Brenda Fricker, Andrea Corr, Robert Sheehan, Amy Huberman, Paul Brady, Hazel O'Connor, Kila, Cara O'Sullivan, Liam O'Maonlaí and other special guests.
Hazel sung 2 songs "Redemption song" and "Strong" and presented Mexican Human Rights Defender Lucha Castro.


HAZEL WAS ON VINTAGE TV
News date: October 23 2012

Hazel O'Connor - My Vintage - Sunday 21st October
Brought to fame by 'Breaking Glass' in 1980 and with a massive following since then,
the indefatigable Hazel O'Connor reveals all about her career,while talking us through
some of her favourite.

Pat Sharp's Time Warp 1980 with Hazel O'Connor
It's 1980, and Pat Sharp is having a jolly time with Hazel O'Connor.
The Time Warp delivers a typewriter and some spine-chilling text;
we're back in a world of The Shining...!

Best Of: My Vintage
Part 1 coming 30th December 2012 at 5.30pm...
Part 2 coming 31st December 2012 at 6.00pm...
Our very special guests share their superb music selections and the stories behind
them for this annual round-up of the best on this, your favourite, TV channel.


VINTAGE.TV

ORDER "BREAKING GLASS" DVD
News date: October 11 2012
Breaking Glass DVD Digitally remastered uncut British version Hazel O'Connor 2012 The amazing and cult film "Breaking Glass" from 1980 is out now on DVD. This version has been Digitally remastered, this is the uncut British version.
This is a Deluxe edition including special features:
- Hazel remembers Breaking Glass (37 min)
- Original trailer
- 28 pages illustrated booklet written by film historian Marcus Hearn
- 20 pages reproduction of original Breaking Glass press pack from 1980
- 4 colour postcards of original Breaking Glass posters from the UK, France, Germany and Hungary

DVD available at the Wymer UK online store

ORDER THE HAZEL O'CONNOR AUTOBIOGRAPHY
News date: October 11 2012
First edition hardback of "Breaking Glass Barefoot" the Hazel autobiography is available at the Wymer UK online store

Format: Hardback (234x156mm)
288 pp (including 2 x 16 page photo sections, 43 b/w, 48 colour images)
Breaking Glass Barefoot Hazel O'Connor Autobiography 2012

HAZEL O'CONNOR INTERVIEW IN DOMESTIC CITY
News date: October 01 2012
Read the Hazel interview on Domestic City webpage

HAZEL O'CONNOR GIGS
News date: July 10 2012
Hazel will be touring this autumn 2012 in October & November in the UK.
21 dates starting with London at the Leicester Square Theatre on the 11th October.

Check the Live page for all the details.

SUPPORTING MYTON HOSPICE WITH HAZEL NUTS - TWO NEW SUPPORTING ACTIONS
News date: March 22 2012
The following wonderful collection of fellow Hazel-nuts is on eBay now, this is to raise money for Myton Hospice.

"Please do support the Fear of Flying Skydive team. They are not only doing a sponsored skydive on June 9th, they are also very generously auctioning part of their HOC collections in aid of Myton Hospices. Very brave and kind peoples! Check out their e-bay auctions and help them to help Myton. Spread the sunshine! xx HAZEL"


HAZEL O'CONNOR NUTS SUPPORTING MYTON HOSPICE - EBAY AUCTION
eBay uk Website: www.ebay.co.uk

HAZEL NUTS SUPPORTING MYTON HOSPICE - Fear Of Flying s Skydive
HAZEL NUTS SUPPORTING MYTON HOSPICE
Fear Of Flying's Skydive

HAZEL O'CONNOR, CLARE HIRST & SARAH FISHER AT GAYDAR RADIO - PHIL MARRIOTT'S INTERVIEW
AIRED 04TH MARCH 2012

News date: Mar 14 2012
Phil Marriott's interview with Hazel on Gaydar Radio
Hazel O'Connor, Clare Hirst & Sarah Fisher 'Will You' on Gaydar Radio
Hazel O'Connor, Clare Hirst & Sarah Fisher 'Feeling Good' on Gaydar Radio
Hazel O'Connor, Clare Hirst & Sarah Fisher 'I Would Rather (Wonderwoman)' on Gaydar Radio
Hazel O'Connor, Clare Hirst & Sarah Fisher 'Cinderella Moment' on Gaydar Radio
Related links: www.gaydarradio.com

HAZEL O'CONNOR, CLARE HIRST & SARAH FISHER - BBC RADIO BRISTOL - 3GEESE PROGRAMME AIRED 25th Feb 2012
News date: Mar 13 2012
Hazel's interview and "I Would Rather (Wonderwoman)" from "I GIVE YOU MY SUNSHINE" last Album
Related link: www.3geese.co.uk

HAZEL O'CONNOR INTERVIEWED BY ROB PERSANI - RUTLAND RADIO AIRED 11th March 2012
News date: Mar 13 2012
Hazel was interviewed by Rob Persani on Rutland Radio in March 2012
HAZEL O'CONNOR INTERVIEWED BY ROB PERSANI - RUTLAND RADIO - MAR 2012

Listen podcast (Best Bits 11th March 2012 This week Rob chats to Hazel O Connor): www.rutlandradio.co.uk/on-air/podcasts
Hazel O'Connor's page on Rutland Radio: www.rutlandradio.co.uk/music/artist/hazel-oconnor

HAZEL O'CONNOR WITH ROB PERSANI AT STAMFORD ARTS CENTRE MAR 2012
Hazel O'Connor with Rob Persani at the Stamford Arts Centre in March 2012

HAZEL O'CONNOR, CLARE HIRST AND SARAH FISHER ON BBC LONDON
News date: Feb 27 2012
Listen this programme on BBC London website: www.bbc.co.uk

HAZEL O'CONNOR - CLARE HIRST - SARAH FISHER - BBC LONDON JOANNE GOOD - FEB 2012


HAZEL PAID TRIBUTE TO HER FRIEND MARTIN RUSHENT
News date: Feb 17 2012
A special tribute was paid on stage by Hazel O'Connor at The Music Producers' Guild Awards 2012
that took place at Cafe De Paris, London last night.

Read the following press release on: www.musicweek.com

AZEL O'CONNOR PAID TRIBUTE TO HER FRIEND MARTIN RUSHENT - 2012


PROMOTIONAL VIDEO FOR THE "I GIVE YOU MY SUNSHINE" TOUR 2012
News date: Feb 05 2012
Watch the new promotional "I Give You My Sunshine" tour 2012 video
Book your ticket for next tour, check Live page for details


HAZEL O'CONNOR HONOURED AT THE COVENTRY MUSIC WALL OF FAME - 5 December 2011
News date: Dec 10 2011
Hazel O'Connor, Pauline Black, Lieutenant Pigeon and Pete Chambers were honoured with plaques at 2 Tone Village, The Courtyard, Walsgrave Road, Coventry, UK.

Read the Coventry Telegraph article: Wall of Fame honours more stars who put Coventry on the music map
Read the Coventry MAD article: Four More Inducted Into Coventry Music Wall Of Fame

Related links:
www.2tonecentral.co.uk
Hazel O'Connor
Pauline Black - The Selecter
Lieutnant Pigeon
Pete Chambers
Simmer Down - the brilliant cafe restaurant at 2 Tone Village
Brody Swain Show


HAZEL O'CONNOR BACKS MYTON HOSPICES NURSE APPEAL
News date: Oct 31 2011
"Eighties pop star Hazel O'Connor is backing a hospice fund-raising appeal for more nurses."
"Fund-raising packs are available from Myton, and updates about the BBC C&W Myton Nurse Appeal will be broadcast after events and as and when landmarks have been reached."

Read the full review below or on BBC News Coventry & Warwickshire
HAZEL O'CONNOR BACKS MYTON HOSPICES NURSE APPEAL


NOMINATE HAZEL FOR THE COVENTRY MUSIC WALL OF FAME
News date: Oct 26 2011
From today you can now nominate on-line Hazel for The Coventry Music Wall of Fame at www.2tonecentral.co.uk or at The 2-Tone Village, Ball Hill Coventry, and in three locations in Coventry Market, Shoekings, Ben N Zaks Florists and Midnight Records.
Hazel O'Connor for The Coventry Music Wall Of Fame

Read the following press release on: www.coventrytelegraph.net

The Coventry Music Wall Of Fame - Coventry Telegraph 20 Oct 2011


HAZEL ON OLD GREY WHISTLE TEST 40 -Wednesday 26th October 2011 at 22pm
News date: Oct 26 2011

Listen to this program Episode 10 at the following link: www.bbc.co.uk

HAZEL ON OLD GREY WHISTLE TEST 40 - BBC RADIO 2 - 26 Oct 2011


PROMOTIONAL VIDEO FOR THE NEW AUTUMN TOUR & NEW ALBUM
News date: Sept 13 2011
New autumn tour 2011 & new album released 24th October 2011


NEW DOMAIN FOR HAZEL OFFICIAL WEBSITE
News date: Sept 13 2011
New Hazel website domain address: www.hazeloconnorofficial.com the old one "www.hazeloconnor.com" is not used anymore!


NEW TOUR FOR OCTOBER/NOVEMBER
News date: Sept 04 2011
See the dates for the new Hazel O'Connor/Clare Hirst/Sarah Fisher tour in October & November 2011.
Check Live page for details


RELEASE OF NEW ALBUM IN OCT 2011
News date: Sept 03 2011
The new Hazel O'Connor album will be called "Give you my Sunshine" after one of the tracks from the album. This new album has been made with Clare Hirst & Sarah Fisher.
You can pre-order it thru the shop section of the official Hazel website: www.hazeloconnorofficial.com/shop.html


MARTIN RUSHENT DIED ON JUNE 4 AGED 62
News date: June 08 2011
Martin Rushent was a very close friend of Hazel. He produced Hazel's albums HIDDEN HEART in 2005 and SMILE in 1984.
Thank you for the music Mr Rushent. RIP.

Hazel O'Connor - Hidden Heart 2005 Hazel O'Connor - Smile 1984

Read the following press release on: www.telegraph.co.uk

Martin Rushent - Hazel O'Connor THE TELEGRAPH 08 June 2011


END OF THE BLONDES ON FIRE TOUR - BELGRADE THEATRE COVENTRY
News date: May 21 2011
Hazel O'Connor And The Bluja Project - Belgrade Theatre Coventry 20 May 2011 Hazel O'Connor And The Bluja Project - Belgrade Theatre Coventry 20 May 2011
This was the last date of the "BLONDES ON FIRE TOUR" at the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry.
It was a special night for the Blujas as Coventry is Hazel's home town. The Blujas brought everyone in the packed-out theatre to their feet. A great finale for yet another amazing tour.

Next tour will be in October/November 2011 for the launch of the new Blujas's album. Watch this space!


FOR DUSTY... A TRIBUTE - LONDON ROYAL ALBERT HALL ON 5 MAY 2011
News date: May 18 2011
HAZEL O'CONNOR - FOR DUSTY... A TRIBUTE - LONDON ROYAL ALBERT HALL ON 5 MAY 2011
Dusty Springfield, an English singer whose career extended from the late 1950s to the 1990s, remains the White Lady Of Soul. She is best known for her work during the 1960s, when she released singles such as I Only Want to Be with You, You Don't Have to Say You Love Me and Son of a Preacher Man, and her acclaimed album Dusty in Memphis.

With her distinctive sensual sound, she is an important soul singer, and at her peak was one of the most successful British female performers, with 18 singles in the Billboard Hot 100 from 1964 to 1970. Her image, supported by a peroxide blonde beehive hairstyle, evening gowns, and heavy make-up, made her an icon of the Swinging Sixties.

Diagnosed with breast cancer in 1995, Springfield died on 2 March 1999. She is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the U.K. Music Hall of Fame.

This event will celebrate her work with performances from a host of stars from past and present including:
Mike Hurst and The Springfields
Joanna Marie
Lucie Silvas
Kenny Lynch
Mica Paris
Julie Felix
The Four Nurses
Rick Astley
Hazel O'Connor
Shelby Lynne
Carol Decker
Boy George

All artists will be backed by The Matthew Jones Orchestra and Choir and the evening will be hosted by Paul Gambaccini.


"BARDO" THE NEW ALBUM FROM HAZEL O'CONNOR AND THE BLUJA PROJECT
News date: Apr 2 2011
"...Bluja have recorded a new album called "BARDO" and we have quite a few new songs written by us three gals. Two of the songs we’re doing on this current concert tour are "Cinderella Moment" and "I Would Rather (Wonder Woman)" which seem to be going down very well and, of course, all the usual suspects like "Will You", "Eighth Day", "Writing On The Wall", "If Only" from Breaking Glass are always played...

If you would like to pre-order "BARDO" prior to the album being finished and pressed, please send an email to hazeloconnor@ireland.com and we will send you details of how to do it. Please put Bardo in the subject of the email..." Source: Hazel's newsletter of 31 March 2011.

Bardo definition:
–noun, plural bar·dos. (often initial capital letter)
In Tibetan Buddhism, the state between death and rebirth which varies between 7-49 days depending on the person's conduct in the previous life and their age at and manner of death
Etymology: Tibetan 'between the two, inbetween state'


HAZEL O'CONNOR JOINED MOYA BRENNAN ON STAGE IN IRELAND
News date: Mar 12 2011

Hazel O'Connor on stage with Moya Brennan on 11th March 2011
celticmusicfan.wordpress.com

Hazel O'Connor on stage with Moya Brennan on 11th March 2011
www.clannad.nl


HAZEL O'CONNOR AND THE BLUJA PROJECT
News date: Mar 10 2011
NEW ALBUM RECORDING!

Hazel, Clare and Sarah are finishing the recording of their second album including new songs as "Cinderella moment", "Wonder woman", "Give you my sunshine", also a swing version of "D-Days", new cover versions of Nina Simone "Do what you gotta do", "Feeling good" and a amazing cover of Al Green Classic "Take Me to the River". Some of the new songs will be performed live during the Blondes On Fire Tour 2011. This second album will be on sale at the gigs very soon!


MESSAGE FROM HAZEL
News date: Feb 16 2011
JOYCE

Sadly my Mum, Joyce O’Connor slipped away in Myton Hospice 6.30 pm February 15 2011 – thank goodness she was in Myton and thank goodness for the hospice system. She was so thrilled about the Re-Joyce single and all the attention it got.

To all the people who were in the fan club – I know you will feel the loss keenly as she was your agony aunt in your troubled years as she was mine – a formidable woman.

This message is from Hazel's Official Website: www.hazeloconnor.com


HAZEL ON IRISH TV RTE 1 IN "HOT PRESS: THE WRITE STUFF" ON FEBRUARY 1ST AT 22.15
News date: Jan 31 2011
Hazel will be appearing on Irish TV RTE 1 in "Hot Press: The Write Stuff" on Tuesday February 1st at 22.15 (10.15pm GMT), don't miss it!

Click image for RTE 1 link:
Hazel on RTE 1 on 1st Feb 2011


PA AT COVENTRY MARKET ON THE 11TH DECEMBER 2010
News date: Dec 11 2010
Hazel did a PA in Coventry and signed "Re-Joyce" singles at Midnight Records. Hazel, Jimmy, Steve, Mark, Tony, Roger sang "Re-Joyce" at Coventry Market on 11th Dec 2010.

Watch the video on YouTube:
Hazel, The Subs singing Re-Joyce at Coventry Market on 11th Dec 2010
www.youtube.com

Here are some pix:
Hazel O'Connor in Cov Market 11th Dec 2010

Hazel O'Connor in Cov Market 11th Dec 2010

Hazel O'Connor in Cov Market 11th Dec 2010

Hazel O'Connor in Cov Market 11th Dec 2010


HAZEL WAS ON TG4 TELEVISION ON THE 9TH DECEMBER 2010 WITH CORMAC DE BARRA
News date: Dec 09 2010

Hazel O'Connor on TG4 TV Imeall
Watch here: http://live.tg4.ie


HAZEL ON PENWITHRADIO ON FRIDAY 3RD DECEMBER WITH LEWIS NICHOLLS
News date: Dec 01 2010

Hazel O'Connor on Penwithradio
Click link: www.penwithradio.co.uk then click listen live on Friday at 12pm.

Lewis Nicholls facebook page



HAZEL INTERVIEW ON BBC THREE COUNTIES SCHOOL'S OUT WITH JUSTIN DEALEY
News date: Nov 22 2010
Hazel gave to Justin Dealey a lovely interview on Sunday 21 November 2010 about her career and tour. Its 35 mins into the BBC iPlayer. Have a listen, only available until 3:02pm Sun, 28 Nov 2010:
BBC iPlayer - School's Out with Justin Dealey: 21/11/2010
Hazel O'Connor

www.bbc.co.uk/threecounties
School's Out with Justin Dealey
The forgotten tracks from the 60s and 70s and your requests.
Broadcast on : BBC Three Counties, 12:00pm Sun, 21 Nov 2010
Available until 3:02pm Sun, 28 Nov 2010
Categories: Entertainment, Review Shows
Duration :180 minutes


3 DAYS TIL THE HAZEL O'CONNOR COLLECTIVE LAUNCH PARTY !
News date: Nov 13 2010
The launch party will take place at The Assembly in Leamington Spa on the 16th November 2010. Performing on the launch night and all singing some of their most well known hits are:

HAZEL O'CONNOR, TOYAH, CAROL DECKER, PAULINE BLACK, MOYA BRENNAN, RANKING ROGER, NEVILLE STAPLE, VINCE HILL, all backed by THE SUBTERRANEANS, additional musicians for the evening are CLARE HIRST ( BELLE STARS), SARAH FISHER(EURYTHMICS), ROB ARNALL, and many more to be updated. The compere for the evening is BOB BROLLY MBE.

See the Re-Joyce page


NEW ALBUM: "BREAKING GLASS NOW" RELEASED 25TH NOV 2010 !
News date: Nov 11 2010
To celebrate the BREAKING GLASS 30th Anniversary, new album "BREAKING GLASS NOW" released 25th November 2010 at the ROBIN 2 in BILSTON. This new album will include the Subterraneans bonus track called "(WORLD STOPS) Spinning Without You" featuring Hazel.

See the Hazel & The Subterraneans page


LEICESTER SQUARE THEATRE LONDON 5TH DECEMBER IS SOLD OUT
News date: Oct 22 2010
Leicester Square Theatre London 5th of December is SOLD OUT new date added due to popular demand on Friday 25th February 2011.

See Tour Dates page


HAZEL O'CONNOR MYTON HOSPICE CHARITY NIGHT, TICKETS ON SALE NOW !
News date: Oct 18 2010
HAZEL O'CONNOR MYTON HOSPICE CHARITY NIGHT !

TUESDAY 16th NOVEMBER doors OPEN 7pm @ LEAMINGTON ASSEMBLY, LEAMINGTON SPA, UK

THE HAZEL O'CONNOR COLLECTIVE
Performances by

- HAZEL O'CONNOR
- TOYAH WILCOX
- CAROL DECKER (T'PAU)
- PAULINE BLACK (SELECTER)
- RANKING ROGER (THE BEAT)
- VINCE HILL
- NEVILLE STAPLE (THE SPECIALS)
- MOYA BRENNAN (CLANNAD)
- THE SUBTERRANEANS
- THE BLUJA PROJECT

TICKETS FOR THIS FANTASTIC CAUSE AND EVENT ARE £15 + booking fee

NOW ON SALE AT THIS LINK: www.thesubs.co.uk


HAZEL O'CONNOR'S CHRISTMAS SINGLE RELEASE DATE CONFIRMED AS DECEMBER 6
News date: Oct 17 2010
Hazel has been working flat out on putting the final touches to 'Re-Joyce', the single in aid of Myton Hospice. The release date has now been confirmed as the 6th of December.

The track features:

* Hazel O'Connor
* Toyah
* Carol Decker
* Pauline Black
* Moya Brennan
* Vince Hill
* Ranking Roger
* Kid Creole
* Neville Staple
* Neil O'Connor
* Bob Brolly MBE,
* Cormac De Barra
* Clare Hirst
* Sarah Fisher
* The Subterraneans

how's that for an amazing line-up?

She's also been doing interviews for the 'Breaking Glass Live' tour, as well as putting the final touches to the 'Breaking Glass Now' album. Follow her on Twitter and keep your eye on the Facebook page and at www.hazeloconnor.com for all the latest news.


LAUNCH OF HAZEL O'CONNOR'S CHRISTMAS SINGLE FOR MYTON HOSPICE ON NOVEMBER 16
News date: Oct 08 2010
ANNE CARLINI - MONTHLY HOT PICKS!

www.annecarlini.com/ex_monthly_picks.php

Hazel O'Connor Hazel O'Connor's Xmas Hospice Single


Now, trust me, is not the time for Hanging Around!

Due to some harrowing personal, and very hands on experiences, Hazel O'Connor has recorded a Hospice charity single ... and would like to now tell you all about it.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Hazel O'Connor ...

Hello Everyone,

After the 2009 Autumn tour of Beyond Breaking Glass with Cormac (and thank you everybody who came to the shows and helped make the evening so complete), I went back to Coventry to stay with Mum who was getting very poorly.

Well she just got worse and worse and I went home to Ireland for 2 days only and raced back to Coventry where Mum had now been admitted into hospital. She seemed to be failing - it is awful to see such a spirited person as Joyce O'Connor "losing the battle".

Thanks to a wonderful Doctor Elliot and the nursing staff at Walsgrave University Hospital and her community Matron, she managed to pull thru and was given 2 weeks respite care at Myton Hospice - which turned her/ my/our lives around.

She blossomed there and I came to admire the work everybody does in the hospice: so to say an eternal THANK YOU, I have now offered my services to the Myton Hospice Fundraising team.

Indeed, my mother went thru Xmas and into the new year 2010 ... she slowly gained strength and courage as a result of those excellent nurses, doctors, staff and volunteers of Myton Hospice (and all hospices).

And so, I have written a song, and will perform at various events to raise Hospice awareness and funds - the first being my upcoming new Xmas song, entitled 'Re-Joyce.'

Featured on this wonderful new Xmas single, with Grammy-winning Coventry producer Roger Lomas producing, Mark Roberts and Kevin Lomas on preproduction, will be such artists as:

Hazel O'Connor
- Carol Decker (T'Pau)
- Kid Creole and the Coconuts
- Toyah Wilcox
- Pauline Black (Selecter)
- Vince Hill
- Ranking Roger (The Beat)
- Neville Staples (The Specials)
- Moya Brennan (Clannad)
- Gary Christian (The Christians)
- Neil O'Connor (The Flys)
- The Subterraneans

Also, this song, 'Re-Joyce' was my Xmas present to mum and her partner Geoff (Geoff passed away at the end of February), but we celebrated our time together and that is any of us can do.

Mum came out of Hospice in January and is still here today ... how long, who knows, but as the song says, "... we are here today."

It's real wonder is that these artists want to help in a world where we feel so helpless in the face of wars, death, and disaster ... and yet we can help as a united front to bring money and awareness to Myton Hospice and also to the help the Hospice Charity in the UK.

One of those artists aiding her cause is the lovely Carol Decker (T'Pau), who has this to say: "I offered to sing on the Hospice song when I got into conversation with Hazel. These Hospices do a wonderful job letting families just be together in as positive and loving an environment as possible - under the sad circumstances of a patients final months.

They are saints. I found singing the song very emotional as although my Mum doesn't have cancer she has a bad heart condition - and I do worry about her now she is getting older.

I had to have a bit of a cry. Hazel gave me a big hug and then I was able to get on with it. Life is so precious and flies by so quickly
(and so) being involved in the project really brought that home."

Hazel continues: (As you have read above), many of these artists are dealing with death and illness in their own families and could do interviews of their own experiences with terminal illness. But the journey we are all on, doing this record together, it is not about being depressed its about celebrating our loved ones and the lives they have lived - and the lives we live to honour them.

And the Hospice and nursing profession who come into our lives as a parent or friend or family member is dying. Well, most of these artists, if not all, would be willing to do interveiws ... and we could go into various Hospice's to talk to the staff also.

It all comes together with the song ... which has a release date of November 16th, 2010.

More info will be forthcoming on this page AND on both my Facebook and Myspace pages re: how to download the song, so please stay tuned ... and I hope you love this idea as much as I do.

Love,
Hazel O'Connor
xxx

www.mytonhospice.org

willyou.free.fr/index.html

www.myspace.com/beyondthebreakingglass

Facebook

www.blujaproject.com


2-Tone Central

ABOUT THE VENUE:

MY 2-TONE DREAM IS A REALITY - Byline: Pete Chambers - Sep 23 2010
www.coventrytelegraph.net

IT'S been a long-time dream of mine to see somewhere in Coventry dedicated to the city's most famous music, namely 2-Tone.

On October 2, there's going to be ska overload, when The Neville Staple Band opens 2-Tone Central, with The Beat's Ranking Roger and The Selecter's Pauline Black. Three legends of ska, all together on one night. Plus local faves The Pockets.

I'm proud to be a co-director along with my wife Julie, and Tracy Benbow and Paul Roberts, along with promoter Andy McDonald and media executives Paul and Ruth Williams.

Setting this up has not been easy, and it really has been built on kindness and favours. The night is sponsored by Coventry University and The Lower Precinct. They along with Coventry Market and many others have helped to create something - dare I say it - special.

We are a non-profit making social enterprise, and it's live music that will be our bread and butter.

Coventry has some great live venues, and we hope we can fit in and provide our own style of hospitality.

We want to put on all types of music at our venue, not just ska and 2-Tone.

We want the young dudes to see their city's past musical heritage, passing it on, is a major rationale for 2-Tone Central.

Dates already to look forward to are:
The Jam DRC on October 30,
The launch of Hazel O'Connor's Christmas single for Myton on November 16,
Shackletons on November 19, King Hammond on December 4,
and our Black n White Christmas party with Special Brew on December 18 and lots more.

Our compact museum section will house an impressive collection of items (see panel above), many loaned by members of the Specials, The Selecter and The Beat.

The museum is free, and well worth a look at, even if you don't like ska music.

2-Tone Central is located at Coventry University Student's Union, a place that is steeped in musical history, so it's fitting we should be based there, just opposite the new Cathedral.

I can't imagine that Jerry Dammers would have ever thought that his ideas of multi-racial music would ever merit a museum!

It's all there in black and white, and we look forward to welcoming everyone to this unique experience.

Tickets to the opening gig on October 2 are on sale at Midnight Records, Coventry Market and AXL Menswear, Hannigans Menswear, Hales St, West Orchards and online at www.2tonecentral.co.uk

ALL THERE IN BLACK AND WHITE ...

2-TONE CENTRAL MUSEUM HIGHLIGHTS:
* The rarest 2-Tone single in the world
* An early set-list hand written by Jerry Dammers
* Handwritten lyrics by Neol Davies
* An amazing birthday card given to Pauline in 1979 on tour, signed by everyone on the tour.
* One of Roddy's prized Les Paul guitar.
* The Fender guitar signed by all the Specials on the eve of their return.
* Gold discs galore
* Tour suits from Lynval and Nev
* The original reel to reel tape that began 2-Tone from Roger Lomas
* Ranking Roger's ultra rare Beat jacket
* A reconstruction of a typical Rude Boy's bedroom circa 1981

READY TO ROCK STEADY:
Pete Chambers at the new 2-Tone Central venue OPENING NIGHT LINE.UP:
Ska legends Neville Staple, Ranking Roger and Pauline Black

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OLIVIER CACHIN AND SANDRINE VENDEL GIVE PARIS GIGS A PLUG ON THEIR RADIO PROGRAM: LA COLLECTION PRIVEE DU MOUV
News date: Sep 28 2010
This morning Olivier Cachin and Sandrine Vendel opened their Radio program LA COLLECTION PRIVEE DU MOUV with an announce for the Paris gigs taking place next saturday 25th and sunday 26th September 2010 at the Theatre de Nesle 75006 Paris. They broadcast cult Rock, Rap, Funk and Pop hits from the sixties right through to the present day.

Le Mouv is a national radio broadcast of Radio France.

Listen to the extract here:
Olivier Cachin And Sandrine Vendel Le Mouv


Listen to the full program on Le mouv website with the link below. Once on the page, click on the arrow The Mouv radio logo and then choose La Collection Privée from the list of programs:
The Mouv radio logo
La Collection Privée's page


Paris Frequency: 92.1 FM


LITTLE POSTCARD FROM HAZEL AFTER A SMALL WEEKEND IN PARIS
News date: Sep 08 2010
Here's a little postcard from Hazel after a small weekend in Paris in preparation for her Bluja gigs at the end of the month...

« Hello everyone,

Having a great time in Paris. We went for a wander up to Sacré-Coeur and around Montmartre. We then headed down to Pigalle to look at the place where I spent my first lonely month in Paris, I was nineteen rehearsing for the cabaret show I was in that was going to Japan. In those days, as now, Pigalle is quite a racy area. I remember being in the pharmacy next to my hotel when an american tourist came in nursing a headwound inflicted by the heel of a stiletto shoe that belonged to a lady of the night. All he kept saying was "what will my wife say?"... !

We also went to Saint-Germain-des-Prés to check out the Théatre de Nesle where myself and the Bluja Project make a return visit for 2 concerts on the 25th and 26th of September... I am really looking forward to that and meeting my french friends old and new. Here is a silly snapshot that we took today.

Luv Hazel»
27 August 2010

Translation in French:
Voici une petite carte postale de Hazel après un rapide week-end à Paris pour la préparation de ses concerts The Bluja Project à la fin du mois...

« Salut tout le monde, Je passe un bon moment à Paris. On s'est baladé au Sacré-Coeur et dans le quartier de Montmartre. Puis ensuite vers Pigalle pour retrouver l'endroit où j'ai passé mon premier mois à Paris seule, j'avais 19 ans et je répétais le spectacle de cabaret dans lequel je jouais et qui partait ensuite en tournée au Japon. A cette époque, comme maintenant, Pigalle était un quartier assez chaud. Je me rappelle, j'étais dans la pharmacie à côté de mon hôtel quand un touriste Américain a débarqué avec une blessure à la tête provoquée par un talon aiguille appartenant à une dame de la nuit. Il répétait sans cesse "mais que va dire ma femme?"... !

On est également allé à Saint-Germain-des-Prés pour jeter un coup d'oeil au Théâtre de Nesle dans lequel je reviens avec les Blujas pour deux dates les 25 et 26 septembre... Je suis impatiente d'y être mais également de rencontrer mes amis Français anciens et nouveaux. Voici un cliché loufoque que l'on a fait aujourd'hui.

Bises Hazel»
27 août 2010

Hazel O'Connor - Montmartre 2010
Hazel in "Place du Tertre - Montmartre - Paris" Aug 2010



THE BLUJA PROJECT AVAILABLE ON DOWNLOAD
News date: Aug 30 2010
Hazel O'Connor and The Bluja Project disc is now available on download at the following links:

co.uk.7digital.com

itunes.apple.com

http://www.store.limewire.com

www.amazon.co.uk

www.hmvdigital.ca

Awesome disc! Sax, keyboards and vocals - sublime. Three voices which harmonize like three humming birds in synchronised flight. Powerful and delicate. As to Hazel, a voice, a presence, a rich and beautiful soul.

Hazel O'Connor - The Bluja Project 2010



HAZEL'S SPECIAL CHRISTMAS RECORDING
News date: Aug 25 2010
Hazel announced in her blog (see Links page):
"I'm getting busy with Mark and Kev from the Subs on a song I wrote for Mum and my Step Dad Geoff last Christmas. I didn't expect them to be alive by Christmas 2009 - we spent Christmas day in Myton Hospice where Mum was being cared for, for two weeks' respite which helped her turn around healthwise and gave us this precious extra time together. I am very grateful to all the hospice staff and volunteers.

So now we are recording the song called Re-Joyce (In The Bleak Mid-Winter) and I'm plucking up courage to ask various singers, musicians and actors to sing or perform on it.

So far Cormac De Barra has put his harp on and yesterday we put on the beautiful voice of Clannad's Moya Brennan. Last week Pauline Black of Selecter said she would sing on it; actress Juiie Graham said she'd love to sing on it ages ago when I played her the demo. I'm plucking up courage to phone Ranking Roger, and some of the Specials and we'll see how it goes.

But please support it when we release it on download mid October. All income will go directly to Myton Hospice. More about this later in my next newsletter."

The Subterraneans added:
"Another day recording the xmas single yesterday with Neville Staples (Specials) and Ranking Roger (The Beat), artists now on the single are:

Hazel O'Connor
Toyah Wilcox
Moya Brennan (Clannad)
Carol Decker (T'Pau)
Pauline Black (Selecter)
Neville Staples (The Specials)
Ranking Roger (The Beat)
Vince Hill
And of course The Subterraneans

All produced by Grammy award winner Roger Lomas, more guest artists to come, watch this space.
Thanks to Pete and Julie Chambers for pics and filming..."

Neil O'Connor in Montreal posted this message:
"Audio and Video files sent for Hazel's Christmas charity song, can't wait to see the result with everyone's contributions :)"
Neil recently recorded his version of Hazel's classic song "Will you". Recorded and filmed in his Montreal apartment in August 2010, watch the video: Youtube Link


Photos: Pete and Julie Chambers:

Re-Joyce (In The Bleak Mid-Winter)
Vince Hill, Pete Chambers, Kev Lomas, Pauline Black, Rogers Lomas, Toyah Wilcox, Mark Roberts, Hazel O'Connor

Re-Joyce (In The Bleak Mid-Winter)
Pete Chambers, Kev Lomas, Mark Roberts, Neville Staple, Hazel O'Connor, Rogers Lomas, Ranking Roger

Re-Joyce (In The Bleak Mid-Winter)
Mark Roberts, Pauline Black, Carol Decker, Rogers Lomas, Hazel O'Connor, Kev Lomas, Pete Chambers

More pics on Pete Chambers' facebook page.



THE BLUJA PROJECT HAS OWN WEBSITE
News date: Aug 14 2010
A new official website for the Bluja Project is now online at the following address: www.blujaproject.com
www.blujaproject.com


AUDIENCE COMMENTS ABOUT THE PARIS GIG ON THE 2ND OF MAY
News date: May 25 2010
Following the huge success of the Paris concert on the 2nd of May, HAZEL AND THE BLUJA PROJECT will be back in Paris at the Théatre de Nesle for 2 dates in September, Saturday 25th at 18h00 and Sunday 26th at 19h30.

We received many comments from the audience about this concert, here they are in French and translated in English:


"Un très beau concert chargé d'émotions et d'énergies. Un trio de musiciennes hors paires complices et expertes! Trois voix qui se complètent et s'harmonisent."
"A very beautiful concert charged with energy and emotion. A trio of excellent musicians and a collaboration of true professionals. Three voices that complement each other and harmonize."

"Les personnalités complètement différentes des trois Blujas se complètent à merveille. Une vraie complicité est établie sur scène."
"The three completely different personalities of the Blujas complement each other wonderfully. A true complicity is established on stage."

"Trois voix qui s'harmonisent comme trois colibris en vol synchronisé. Puissant et délicat."
"Three voices which harmonize like three humming birds in synchronised flight. Powerful and delicate."

"Trio sax, claviers, voix, inédit pour moi mais d'une justesse absolue. Quant à Hazel, une voix, une présence, une âme riche et belle."
"Trio sax, keyboards and vocals, totally new for me, but absolutely perfect. As to Hazel, a voice, a presence, a rich and beautiful soul."

"Hazel livre ses chansons avec beaucoup de sensibilité et d'émotion. Elle mérite beaucoup de succès en France."
"Hazel delivers her songs with much sensitivity and emotion. She deserves to have lots of success in France."

"Une superbe voix et une technique vocale parfaite. Certaines chansons m'ont donnée la chair de poule et les larmes aux yeux."
"A superb voice and perfect vocal technique. Some of the songs gave me goose bumps and brought tears to my eyes."

"Quelle énergie et quel personnage généreux. Très émouvante, un personnage avec un grand coeur."
"Such energy and what a generous personality. Very moving, an artiste with a big heart."

"Je ne me suis pas senti juste comme un spectateur mais comme un participant. J'ai eu l'impression de partager quelque chose très intime dans la vie de Hazel."
"I didn't feel I was just a spectator, I felt more like a participant. I had the impression I was sharing something very intimate in Hazels life."

"Je pensais que je connaissais tout sur Hazel mais j'avais tort. Il faut la voir sur scène. C'est là qu'on comprends..."
"I thought I knew Hazel but I was wrong. One has to see her on stage. It is then that one understands..."

Thank You to all of you for these great comments and for supporting Hazel, Clare and Sarah.

A special Thank You to ROBERT GILL for his superb photos that you can see on his website:
www.photosconcerts.com

A special Thank You also to TATIANA MOROZOVA for her superb photos that you can view here:
Photo Gallery



HAZEL AND THE SUBS will be opening this years Godiva Festival
News date: May 13 2010
This festival is special to Hazel and The Subs as it is in their home town and in this special 30th anniversary of Hazels career a very apt place for Hazel to come back to.

Hazel and the subs on stage at 6.30pm friday july 2nd 2010 memomorial park, Coventry.

Check current 2010 full list concerts: Tour Dates


NEW UK and IE TOUR DATES ADDED
News date: May 7 2010
2010 new dates - Special 30th anniversary of Hazels career:


♦  10th June: BRENNAN'S LANE, Ballina, Mayo county - IE
♦  15th August: FORT PERCH ROCK Marine Promenade, New Brighton - UK
♦  17th November: ARC Stockton Arts Centre, Stockton on Tees - UK
♦  19th November: THE 12 BAR, Swindon - UK
♦  23rd November: THE HORN, St Albans - UK
♦  24th November: BRISTOL BIERKELLER, Bristol - UK
♦  25th November: THE ROBIN 2, Bilston - UK
♦  26th November: KIDLINGTON FOOTBALL CLUB (KRTSC), Kidlington - UK
♦  27th November: ROPETACKLE Arts Centre, Shoreham-By-Sea - UK

Check full list: Tour Dates


HAZEL AND THE BLUJA PROJECT PARIS CONCERT
News date: May 3 2010
The Paris concert on the 2nd May has been a big success, everybody enjoyed it, look at the wonderfull Robert Gil photographer pictures on his website: www.photosconcerts.com
Robert Gil Webpage


HAZEL AND THE SUBTERRANEANS AT THE ASSEMBLY
News date: Apr 11 2010
Videos recorded by a fan from the public at The Assembly in Leamington Spa the 25th March 2010, celebrating Breaking Glass movie 30th Anniversary.
YouTube Link "Will You"
HAZEL AND THE SUBTERRANEANS AT THE ASSEMBLY

YouTube Link "Come Into the Air"

HAZEL AND THE SUBTERRANEANS AT THE ASSEMBLY


HAZEL ON MORE THAN TWO TONES VIDEOS
News date: Apr 8 2010
Popular music in Coventry from the 1950s to the present.

This exciting exhibition celebrated Coventry's rich musical heritage, from Frank Ifield to the Enemy. It brought together for the first time a fantastic selection of music memorabilia which highlighted the vibrancy and creativity of Coventry music. For many people the pinnacle of the city's musical success came with Two Tone, when the Specials and the Selecter created a distinctive sound which reached an international audience. Yet, Coventry has produced many other talented and successful artists, from the Zodiacs, Frank Ifield and Vince Hill, through the Sorrows, the Mighty Avengers and Lieutenant Pigeon, to Hazel O' Connor, King and current chart successes, the Enemy. This exhibition highlighted their achievements... Herbert Art Gallery & Museum

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More Than 2 Tones - Making it big
Click the following link to see video: More Than 2 Tones - Making it big!
YouTube Herbert Art Gallery & Museum Chanel

More Than 2 Tones - Politics and Society
Click the following link to see video: "More Than 2 Tones - Politics and Society"
YouTube Herbert Art Gallery & Museum Chanel

More Than 2 Tones - Writing and Recording
Click the following link to see video: "More Than 2 Tones - Writing and Recording"
YouTube Herbert Art Gallery & Museum Chanel


"(WORLD STOPS) SPINNING WITHOUT YOU"
News date: Mar 20 2010
Hazel is featured on a Subterraneans' track called "(WORLD STOPS) Spinning Without You", it can be downloaded from the following link: 7digital Indiestore The Subterraneans
Download card


HAZEL ON CENTRAL TELEVISION
News date: Mar 19 2010
Hazel ITV Central Tonight on 19th March 2010. Only available for UK viewers.
Watch here: ITV Central Tonight

ITV Central Tonight


START OF THE 2010 TOUR !
News date: Mar 18 2010
Today 18th March 2010 starts the Hazel's new tour. First date in Brighton at the KOMEDIA with The BluJa Project. We wish Hazel, Clare and Sarah "Bonne Chance".


HAZEL LIVE ON BBC ONE BREAKFAST SHOW
News date: Mar 10 2010
Hazel was on the BBC One Breakfast Show on Wednesday 10th March where she spoke about the current tour 2010 with the Bluja Project and The Subterraneans.
To watch click here:
YouTube link
BBC One Breakfast


NEW TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED FOR 2010
News date: Nov 24 2009
Immediately after finishing her current Beyond The Breaking Glass tour with Cormac De Barra, Hazel announces a new tour with The Subterraneans which will kick off at the Leamington Assembly on Thursday 25th March and a Bluja Project tour throughout March/April 2010.


MORE THAN TWO TONES EXHIBITIONS, SAT 3 OCTOBER - SUN 3 JANUARY 2010
News date: Sep 29 2009

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EIGHTIES Coventry pop star Hazel O'Connor welcomed a new focus on Coventry's musical history - and says the city has more to offer than just Two Tone.

The singer was given a sneak preview of a new exhibition More Than Two Tone which opens to the public at the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum in the city centre on Saturday. The 55-year-old singer and actress returned to her home city for a look at the exhibition which features, among a host of memorabilia, a life size cut-out of herself.

It celebrates everyone from Sixties balladeer Frank Ifield to current indie rock favourites The Enemy.
Hazel ­ who had hit singles with Eighth Day and Will You in 1980 and 1981 and starred in the film Breaking Glass ­ said: "It's wonderful. It's so nice to be part of something that is bringing everybody together and music is one of those things that does that. "It is about honouring the musicians of Coventry and to remind people that there is much more to Coventry than just 2-Tone."

The 30th anniversary of the 2-Tone label this year has seen a host of activities marking the days when The Specials and The Selecter were at the peak of their careers. But the idea of this exhibition is to celebrate other acts and bands who have put Coventry on the map.

As Hazel looked through the artefacts from artists such as Frank Ifield, Vince Hill, King, the Zodiacs, Lieutenant Pigeon, The Mighty Avengers, and Panjabi MC, she said it brought back memories of what the music scene was like in her heydey. "I remember there was a racist attack in Coventry in the early 80s and the person died. After that I was asked by The Specials to do a special concert with them at the Belgrade. "It was all about showing a bit of solidarity against racism, which was quite rife in Coventry at the time, and it was good to do something like that. "I feel honoured that we are all here together again now in one room." Hazel's autobiographical show, Beyond Breaking Glass, opens at the Belgrade Theatre in October before going on a national tour. "This year is the 10th anniversary of the show and then after that I think it will be 'bye bye' for it," she added. "But you never know. I've said it before and I always think people must have seen the show by now, but of course there are loads that haven't. "I have got quite a few interesting fans now, too. A lot of parents have brought their children up listening to my music, so there are a lot of 19 to 25-year-olds now that come to the show and think it is fantastic."

More Than Two Tone is the first time an exhibition of its kind has opened in the city and features instruments, clothing, handwritten song lyrics and posters, which have been donated by the artists.

People will also have a chance to watch film footage of artist interviews and listen to some of the songs. Martin Roberts, senior curator at the Herbert, said: "An exhibition celebrating the music of Coventry is long overdue. Artists from the city have had an amazing impact around the world and it's astounding to see the successes and achievements that these artists have had."

The exhibition is free and runs until January 3.
Hazel O'Connor - more_than_two_tones


BEYOND BREAKING GLASS 30TH ANNIVERSARY
News date: Sep 13 2009
Fresh from recent Glastonbury and Edinburgh Festival appearances, and performing to 70,000 at arena shows from Newcastle to Wembley, Hazel O'Connor marks the 30th anniversary of the ground-breaking film Breaking Glass with this acclaimed autobiographical show.


HAZEL O'CONNOR ­ COVENTRY'S WALK OF FAME ­ 16TH MAY 2009
News date: May 16 2009

Hazel O'Connor - Coventry's Walk of Fame plaque. Unveiled 16/05/2009
Hazel O'Connor - Coventry's Walk of Fame plaque. Unveiled 16/05/2009
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By Kevin Cryan:

A little while ago I mentioned that three people I greatly admired were to be honoured by the City of Coventry by having their names added to the city's walk of fame. One was my good friend Hazel O'Connor.
On Saturday the 16th, Hazel was in the city just long enough to see her star unveiled in Walk of Fame.

Hazel, who was also celebrating her 54th birthday on Saturday, said: "I ran away from Coventry when I was 16, not because it was Coventry, but because I was a wild, crazy, hippy chick! I've travelled the world but always come back to Coventry because it's my roots and the people have such good spirit."
Hazel O'Connor - Coventry's Walk of Fame
Visit the Coventry's Walk of Fame website:

Hazel O'Connor - Coventry's Walk of Fame


Hazel O'Connor - Coventry's Walk of Fame